Following on from the walkthrough of N97′s onscreen widgets, (including Facebook) and the free RAM, this post should hopefully help lessen the anxiety a little bit by showcasing a little more of the software side of the N97.
First up are a few observations I want to share with you:
- The first thing is that the N97 will not feature the touch FULL QWERTY or MINI QWERTY keyboard options that we saw on the 5800 Xpress Music. The Alphanumeric mode and the handwriting recognition will be the only two writing modes available apart from the hardware QWERTY. I personally am not too bothered by this as I prefer the alphanumeric for touch based typing anyway. If required, Nokia can always bring this back via a firmware update.
- One thing that I like is the way the browser automatically switches to the full screen mode after the page is loaded and when there is no need to see the progress bar. This implementation is similar to the one we was on the N85 and recently the E75 as well. Screenshots below in the browser section.
- The next is a entry in the settings menu entitled ‘Default Applications‘ (Screenshot). I am not sure how it works, but from the looks of things this should allow the user to select a default application for a particular task. For example, set Core Player as the default for playing video. (Note: Core Player support for S60 5th Edition is coming in Core Player v2, which should be out by the time the N97 hits markets around the world)
- The settings menu is now much better organised and finding the setting you are looking for is much easier. Have a look for yourself in the settings screenshot walkthrough below.
- Scroll all the way down for a bonus link about something that will ship with the N97.
THE SETTINGS MENU SCREENSHOT SECTION
As you can see, the menu is pretty straightforward, similar to the one of the 5800. The one thing that I liked here was that the settings for the widgets aren’t found here, they are exclusively controlled via the standby screen. This makes for much lesser clutter.
THE WEB BROWSER SCREENSHOT SECTION
You can see the alphanumeric keyboard in action, the auto complete option at work and the automatic switching to the full screen mode after the website loads.
THE EMAIL SETUP SCREENSHOT SECTION
Pretty straightforward again, a little more information and the addition of the option of using Ovi mail. The Nokia Messaging link was still not there. This is firmware v10.
THE PhoNetInfo SCREENSHOT SECTION
Nothing much to see here as all most of the details about the N97′s processor, RAM and so on are already out. But if you, like me, enjoy looking at every minuscule detail of a device first hand even if you know of it earlier, the screenshots below are for you.
Lastly as a something of a bonus link from Stefan, I would like to share with you very first pictures of the stylus that would be shipping with the N97. The pictures come from Eldar’s review of the N97. I never thought the stylus would be such, but I’d have to say it doesn’t look bad at all.